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Calling All Cars: Radio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing

Kathleen Battles


This book shows how radio played a key role in an emerging form of policing during the turbulent years of the Depression. Until this time popular culture had characterized the gangster as hero, but radio crime dramas worked against this attitude and were ultimately successful in making heroes out of law enforcement officers. Through close analysis of radio programming of the era and the production of true crime docudramas, this book argues that radio was a significant site for overhauling the dismal public image of policing. However, it was not simply the elevation of the perception of police ... More

Keywords: radio, Depression, popular culture, gangster, radio programming, true crime docudramas, policing, police

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816649136
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Battles, author
Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor of the Association for Women in Communications at Oakland University.